February 18, 2013 Subject:
My son is in school at NYC and the issue centers around Mickey Mouse. He was supposed to pass into public domain years ago and Disney keeps extending copyright law in the US to protect him.
August 5, 2009 Subject:
Thank you for making the song available. It is very good.
Speaking of legal concerns. It is due to the Internet Archive services being located in America that people have these concerns? If so perhaps they should locate them somewhere else.
In the UK at least, copyright on sound recordings only lasts 50 years so anything released from 1958 and before can be openly shared.
December 7, 2008 Subject:
Stolen from whom? Not a U.S. Copyright concern, in any case...
In fact, U.S. Copyright law has no jurisdiction over sound recordings prior to 1972, EXCEPT:
"Despite the general rule precluding federal copyright protection for pre-1972 sound
recordings, the 1994 GATT/TRIPS amendments, codified at Section 104A of the Copyright
Act, extend protection to such recordings when they (a) were first published in a country
that is a signatory to the Berne Convention, the WIPO Performances and Phonograms
Treaty, or is a member of the WTO, and (b) were not subsequently published in the
United States during the 30-day period following that initial publication. §104A(f)(6)(C)-
Consequently, these foreign recordings are protected by federal copyright despite their
fixation prior to 1972, and their term of protection is the same as it would have been had
they been protected under U.S. federal law ab initio, i.e., 95 years from publication.
Virtually all works "restored" under this provision will therefore lapse into the public
domain sooner than domestic recordings, which will enjoy state law protection until 2067
regardless of their initial publication date."
SO...there are conceivably some recordings from 1913 or earlier that were published in a country other than the U.S. without being published again in the U.S. within the 30 days following.
August 31, 2008 Subject:
Archive of stolen material
I have to agree with Yuks... in my opinion, pretty much this entire recording archive (78s, cylinder, etc.) is comprised of stolen property. None of these songs are in the public domain unless the copyright holder put them there. The big joke is the creative commons system being used on these items by people who have absolutely no copyright claims to the pieces. I appreciate the work, for example, of the cylinder archivists, who bring priceless recordings to the public. But they purport to be able to define how I can use the recordings (i.e. no commercial, attribution, etc.) when they do not have that legal right to do so, and in fact, their posting of the material here violate U.S. copyright law.
October 2, 2007 Subject:
Funny and stunning
This song is apart from very very funny, stunningly accomplished in its arrangement. Another reviewer states it took him five years to master? yeah, right, took me weeks, to play it, took me 30 years to confidently interpret it, both the lyrics and the beautifully carved instrumental repeats that follow it in every sensual, horrid, comical and outstanding detail. To play the song is not difficult (if you know it's in open d) but to perform it: listen to it , here is a master performing at his peak.
September 8, 2007 Subject:
This song is not in the public domain
No sound recordings in the United States (with the exception of Edison records) are in the public domain because they are covered by the common law of the state the contract for the recording was signed in.
The reason Edison records are in the public domain is only because the Edison family deemed them so and no other reason.
That goes for the other songs posted by PublicDomain4U by a variety of artists.
I wish someone could/would prove me wrong as I'd like to use the songs commercially. So if you can, please do.
April 27, 2007 Subject:
Police dogs go on
I never tire of playin' this after doin' it for som 25 years, even though it took me about 5 years to learn it. Brilliant. Thanks to Stephen Grossman for makin' it available.
August 22, 2006 Subject:
i first discovered Blind
Blake and Police Dog Blues in 1978 while dating my future husband who is an outstanding blues guitarist. I loaned it out to be re-recorded and never heard it again. That was about 20 years ago. It is pure and clean and I love it all over again!
November 27, 2005 Subject:
"All my life I've been a travelin' man."
January 12, 2005 Subject:
Police Dog Blues
I play the Stefan Grossman version of this as an instrumental (along with countless other blues players) where all the guitar breaks are extracted and strung together, but have never heard the complete song version until now. It's a classic blues song and a masterful guitar piece. Looks like I've got to learn the complete version now! Thank you InternetArchive, I have not heard this anywhere else.
September 24, 2004 Subject:
Police Dog Blues
Blind Blake is one of the gods of Delta blues acoustic guitar. This song is as fresh as the day it was recorded a lifetime ago.